Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hearts ROY G BIV

After deciding to turn my donation blocks for the Orlando MQG into a quilt to send instead, a new plan was necessary.  Some heart blocks were already sewn so I wanted to put them in there.
I played with some designs in Electric Quilt.
First I did a simple grid pattern
not my favorite- try again
Better, but keep trying
I like it but not sure it is just right
Hey,  I like this one and it follows the "theme" a bit better.
So I gathered fabrics and started the layout, cutting and sewing part of making a quilt. I had enough heart blocks -with one left over. Maybe that one will go on the back. 
I have it in three row sections that I will quilt in pieces and then join - a variation on quilt as you go
I put them all on the bed and tried for a good photo.  That didn't happen so here are two "not so good photos" to share the idea of what it looks like.

(no I didn't make the bed, I just sort of straightened the sheet.) 
So, now I get to layer and start quilting it. I haven't decided on the quilting yet..but it will probably be something rather simple and a larger motif so that it doesn't take me days to do it all.  The quilt will be roughly 50 by 60 inches. 

In other news,  one of my  enablers mentioned that she is taking Beyond Basic Machine Quilting on Craftsy.  I couldn't resist taking it too. Someday I may be a really good free motion quilter.  I have found that each class I take adds a bit to my mental stash of ideas.  Plus doing the exercises really kicks up the skill levels.  Hmm.  I may do some classwork on the above quilt. 
Time to get started. 
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Doodle Doodle

One of the comments on my last post  was from Caroline (she gets the email version.) She mentioned that the points could alternate if you do the triangle version.  That would fill in the "odd" areas that were left un-quilted.
So if you did this as an all over design, you could do it in rows and certainly use the triangle version nicely.
I grabbed my pad and pen to try it.
Wow that creates a very stylized design that reminds me of an Art Deco border design. This would actually be great for a quilt border.

I have the machine set up for sewing blocks for a project I am working on- so I haven't tried stitching it yet. It will be on the "to do" list.   I also want to doodle it some more and see if I can take it around a corner.  When you are using something as a border design, it is really nice if you can make it go around a corner.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Doodling - Pen then Thread

Free motion quilting is a lot like doodling.  I have taken several free motion quilting classes on Craftsy. And a theme I have heard repeated is "Doodle the design before you start quilting it."  So today, I was spending some odd minutes doodling designs.  Suddenly, I felt a firm KICK right in my creative backside.  A little voice said, Why not try doing a design that starts with a spiral and then has a rectangle or triangle around it?  The voice sounded a lot like a muse, so I played along.  First I doodled spirals in triangles.  It worked but was hard to make it go where I wanted it to go.  So then I tried it with rectangles.  The little voice said Now that looks a lot better.   And it did.  Of course the doodles are scattered over the page of my poor notepad.
I started in the middle of the page.  Perhaps that speaks to my lack of organization. Ha ha. But the part at the top was looking good. So I morphed it in triangles.  That works but there are odd unquilted spaces that won't fill an area as well.
Time to put the thread to a quilt sandwich and see how it works for real!  Yes, muse!  I hear you.
Of course, a quilt sandwich was not ready so it took a few minutes to prepare one. Then this
Two photos but the same quilting - hopefully one of them is clear to you.
 I started small then decided to see how it works larger.  I played with the triangles - but as you can see those unquilted odd spaces are not very pleasing.   I even played with a few variations like changing the direction of the spiral.   Yes,  this will work for real quilts.
Then, I giggled and did a happy dance.

Remember, Dance like you don't care who is watching.  Have a great weekend.
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Friday, June 17, 2016

My Heart is ....

My heart is saddened by hate and violence.  My heart is touched when someone reaches out to help or show love to others.

This morning while reading blogs, one touched me.  Lisa, at In the Boon Docks, mentioned that the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is collecting for the survivors and families of the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.  So, following the link I found more information.  There is a list of things that would help.  I have opted to make some blocks as I have lots of fabric and can do that for them.  The request for blocks is that they have a heart or hearts on them;  bright -preferably rainbow colors; and make them 10.5 inches (finish to 10 inches.)
So, I grabbed a rainbow of colors and cut strips.  Then I made them into blocks.  But first a test block:
Okay it appears to be working.  So I made some more.
I did the one on the bottom right because I messed up the cutting-- it was too short, so I improvised.  I may like it best of all.  I may make a few more, but I will try to find a fabric in my stash that I can use for the entire heart.  Or I may make a different block and add hearts on it another way.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of those who lost loved ones - and to the survivors who surely need to be assured that the world is not a terrible place;  that they are loved;  that they are important.   I don't talk about my religious beliefs on my blog usually, but I have seen such hate spewed from people who claim to be Christians that I must say this. Jesus specifically told us to LOVE others.  We are also told that judgement is not ours but God's.

Now I ask you,  please do not post any negative comments.  It will hurt my heart, but I will heal and I will delete them.  As this is "my house" on the internet,  I do get some say in what is said here.  I appreciate those of you who understand.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Four of Them

Following my own suggestion, I made four of the economy blocks by chain piecing them.  It did go much faster except for the bobbin that messed up and caused me to sew with air for several pieces.
I also used my suggestion to alternate values. Since my centers were multicolor and multi value, I was able to use the same center fabric for all the blocks. (and that is a print fabric, I did NOT piece tiny bits to make the center.)
They all have nice value changes, but it obvious that the two outer rounds affect the appearance of the center square.  The two with the dark touching the center seem to pop a bit more to me.  This tells me that the center square fabric is toward the lighter end of the value scale.
I will probably make more of these and see what I come up with as a layout.  I may add some other pieced blocks with it.
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